Desktop Virtualization Offers Real Benefits
Since computers became available and affordable for businesses, IT has been struggling to regain control of the applications and data residing on them. At the same time, administrators have been wrestling with ways to reduce the devices' security risks and management/service demands. In 2006 and 2007, server virtualization - creating, running and managing "Virtual Machines" (VMs) that run on a host computer - established itself as a mainstream technology. A welcome addition to an IT manager's tool kit, server virtualization delivers more effective use of server hardware, as well as quicker and easier provisioning, and increased IT reliability and flexibility.